Clive R. Davidson. 1944 – 2016

The Champany family are very sad to announce Clive Davidson passed away on Friday afternoon, 4 November 2016.

A man of few words, his friendships and opinions were strong and quickly formed, his taste levels were precise and he knew what he liked immediately. Food and wine were his passion.

His knowledge and love of Burgundy and South African wine, combined with Scottish beef and salmon, is why Champany stands here today. His vision, alongside Anne, was to bring the best of Scotland and South Africa to a restaurant.

A palate and nose like few others and an ability to cook a steak to perfection on any grill. Always suspicious of a screw cap wine bottle, he installed in Champany Cellars a sign that stands at the back of the shop, “Screw the cap, long live the cork”. That was the man he was: he believed in tradition; he believed in producing the best.

His dry wit and sense of humour was partnered by his enormous generosity and kindness. His presence was immediately felt as soon as “Mr D” arrived in the building.

For his loyal staff, his friends and family, Clive’s spirit and legacy will always live on at Champany Inn.

For those that met this unique South African gentleman and had the pleasure to encounter the great Clive Davidson, he truly was a proud South African and a Scotsman through and through.

The family will be having a small private funeral. However, a memorial service to which all are welcome will be held to celebrate Clive’s life on Monday 16th January at 12.00 in St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow.

We would be delighted if you wished to leave a public memory of Clive on the form below.

Alternatively you can send a message to the family using the Contact button at the top right hand side of this page.